The purpose of a local offer is to enable parents and carers to see clearly what services are available for children with SEND in their area and how to access them.

How does Hillside Day Nursery know if children need extra help and what should I do if I think my child may have a special educational need or a disability?

All staff at Hillside Day Nursery hold or are training towards appropriate childcare qualifications this ensures they have a good sound knowledge of child development.

Your child will be allocated a Key Person, who will be your point of contact at nursery. This allows you and your child to build up a good, trusting relationship with them.

We use an online Learning Diary system to collate evidence about your child’s time with us at nursery. You are able to view this dairy at any time and contribute to it. We observe your child’s activities and, through these observations, staff are able to build up a picture of your child’s interests and needs.

Should you have any concerns regarding your child’s development you can discuss these with your child’s Key Person and/or the setting’s SENCO.

How will Hillside Day Nursery support my child?

Your child’s Key Person, supported by the Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO) will work closely with you to ensure that your child’s needs are being fully met. Your child will have their own SEN Support Plan (SSP) or an Educational, Health and Care Plan (EHCP), depending on their specific needs. Regular progress meetings and transition meetings will be held to review your child’s progress and next steps are discussed with parents, Key Person and SENCO. We are able to work alongside other professionals and jointly agree targets for the SSP.

How will the curriculum be matched to my child’s needs?

We treat every child as an individual. Using the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum we a plan for each child’s individual needs. Any targets we set for a child need to be enjoyable and achievable. We will identify and provide additional resources and support for individual children where needed.

If your child has attended or is in attendance at another setting we will work with the other setting to ensure consistency in support for your child.

How will both Hillside Day Nursery and I know how my child is doing and will you help me to support my child’s learning?

We have assessment processes in place such as the Two Year Old Progress check and termly Summative Assessments. All children’s next steps are linked to the EYFS ages and stages of development.

We may sometimes ask you to help us at home with some of the activities that we do at nursery, to support your child’s learning. Outside professionals also provide relevant resources for us to work with in nursery and will provide a second copy for you and your child to use at home. Verbal contact takes place on a daily basis with your Key Person. You will also receive regular reports on your child’s progress. Additional meetings are always available by request.

We use Makaton with children throughout the nursery as an additional means of communication.

What support will there be for my child’s overall well-being?

All staff are welcoming and friendly and are trained Early Years Practitioners. We strive to provide warm, caring and nurturing child care, in a stimulating learning environment. All our staff are paediatric first aid trained. Should a child require any specialist medication, the relevant staff would attend training, to ensure appropriate support.

What specialist services and expertise are available at or accessed by Hillside Day Nursery?

Our SENCO’s attend regular training sessions to ensure their knowledge is current. Two of our staff team are Makaton trained at 1,2,3 and 4. We have good links with the Early Years Team at South Gloucestershire Council and our local Children’s Centre. These professionals can visit the nursery and are able to advise us in supporting children and their families with SEND. We have access to a full range of Local Authority specialist services.

What training are the staff supporting children with SEND, had or are having?

Our SENCO’s attend relevant training on a regular basis to update their knowledge. Staff attend any relevant training to support their role as a Key Person. They share this information with the rest of the staff team on their return. Some staff have Makaton training and are using this with all the children at nursery.

How will my child be included in activities outside Hillside Day Nursery including trips?

A risk assessment will be carried out prior to any trip.

All visits and trips will be planned to ensure we are able to include all children. We will liaise with parents during the planning of the visit to ensure we have identified and met your child’s need prior to the trip/visit taking place.

Any medication your child may require will be taken with us on the trip.

We have extensive grounds that we can use for outdoor learning as well as our own private woodland area adjacent to the nursery where we offer weekly Forest School sessions.

How accessible is Hillside Day Nursery’s environment, both indoors and outdoors?

The nursery building is a bungalow – all rooms are on one level.

We have a children’s bathroom and separate nappy changing facilities. The outside play area is on two levels. Both levels are accessed by steps with a handrail. Our private Forest School area is adjacent to the nursery building and can be accessed by steps leading to two paths, one with quite a steep hill and another flatter path.

All furniture and equipment is at child level. Toys and resources are easily accessible to all of our children.

If English is not you or your family’s first language , you can nominate a
representative who speaks English, or where possible we can arrange a translator.

How will Hillside Day Nursery prepare and support my child to join the nursery/transfer to a new setting/school?

We offer initial settling in sessions prior to a child starting nursery. These sessions give us the opportunity to get to know you and your family. You can share with us details of your child’s needs and if any other agencies or professionals are currently involved. This ensures a consistent approach to your child’s care and education.

When moving rooms within the setting, children will attend short settling in sessions in their new base room. All rooms have Transition Books that can be borrowed to share with your child.

When a child transfer’s to another setting or goes to school we will send the new setting a copy of the child’s latest summative assessment and their Learning Diary– ideally we will meet with them to discuss the child’s needs and current strategies and interventions that may be in place.

If EIO’s have been involved they will assist us with a child’s transition to a new setting/school.

How are Hillside Day Nursery’s Resources allocated and matched to children’s special education needs?

We will where possible match resources with a child’s individual needs. We encourage all children to join in and have a sense of achievement.

Where specialist equipment is required we can apply for additional funding. The professionals that work alongside the nursery can often supply additional specialist resources for us and our families to use.

How is the decision made about what type and how much support my child will receive?

We will arrange a meeting with you where we will discuss the needs of your child with you in confidence. If parents are in agreement, the SENCO will complete relevant forms to request a referral to the relevant service.

Staff meetings within the setting will ensure the staff are all aware of your child’s strength’s and needs and the plans in place to support them.

How are parents involved in Hillside Day Nursery and how can I be involved?

We operate an open door policy. All members of our staff are always available for meetings or informal chats. We encourage our parents to complete “parent voices” at home, and to be involved their child’s online Learning Diary.

Hillside Benefits

Our teams are passionate about providing high quality childcare and education and are proud to be part of shaping each child’s future.

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  • A rich and varied environment
  • An online journal of your child’s development
  • Nutritious meals freshly prepared on-site by our Chef
  • Baby Room, Toddler Room and Preschool Rooms
  • Allocated Key Person for each child
  • Outside gardens and “forest” play areas

What our parents say

Hillside has shown real dedication and commitment to supporting our son with additional needs. Their regular communication has enabled them to support our son’s progress in speech and walking, with staff attending specific training to further understand how they can best support his progress. Our son has been very comfortable at the nursery from day one and really enjoys the activities, especially forest school, where students explore and learn outdoors. The staff are always friendly, approachable and comprehensive in the reports for where our son is progressing and his areas for development. They strike a great balance of care, fun and education.

Dave T

Absolutely cannot fault this nursery. I had two children that went to this nursery and then 10 years later when having another baby and looking for nursery there was only one nursery he would attend. All the staff are friendly and the care to the children is amazing. It’s like they are family. Always have a warming feeling when entering the nursery and it also helps when you see every child so happy there. Highly recommend.

Hayley M

I have two children currently at Hillside Day nursery, in baby room and pre-school and I am very happy with my decision to send my children here while I am at work nearby. I know that they are well cared for and the staff are fantastic. My eldest daughter has been coming here for 3 years and the consistent staffing means that she has built genuine strong attachments to staff. My daughter was so settled here that I maintained her sessions throughout my maternity leave, despite living a half hour drive away. Returning to work after maternity leave with my son was made so much easier because I was confident that he would love it here- and he does. We are leaving Bristol in the summer and have had to try and find a nursery in our new city that we like as much – Hillside has set the bar pretty high! We will really miss the Hillside team and their excellent care.

Claire H